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Independent Learning Project *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College

Course description

Lower Sixth students undertake an independent research project on a topic of particular and unique interest. Students identify, plan and research in depth, developing knowledge and understanding beyond the curriculum and managing their own learning. Information about the project can support university applications by individualising the personal statement, enabling students to showcase their depth of interest, knowledge and research skills and providing possible discussion points for interview. 

Students select from the three kinds of projects offered:

  • The L6 Independent Project, which is assessed in College
  • A national academic competition, which is externally judged, examples of which are the Robert Robson History Prize and the Royal Economics Essay Prize Competition
  • The Extended Project Qualification, which is externally assessed


Each year we select some of the best independent projects for publication.


Course content

The skills of reading, research, review, analysis, writing and evaluation are developed in the project process. These core skills mirror the skills important to successful university study and careers: 

  • to think logically about arguments which are encountered in personal research
  • to gather and handle source material critically
  • to appreciate the importance of precision in the use of language or data when building a case for their point of view
  • to show sensitivity to counter-arguments or rival theories
  • to develop skills in presenting the project in a persuasive, cogent fashion
  • to undertake a reflective study of what has been learned during the course of research or the significance of the results. 



Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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